Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thaksin: She is my clone

This picture was taken by one of Thaksin Shinawatra's daughters who posted it in her Twitter account just after Songkran in April.

Looking back, Thaksin must have decided to name his sister Yingluck to be the No 1 on Pheau Thai's party list then. But he was weighing the pros and cons before deciding to declare that Yingluck was his best nominee for the task of competing with the Democrats in the upcoming election.

"Why did I pick her? She is my clone," Thaksin told editors from Post Today during an interview late last week in Brunei.

There is little doubt that Thaksin is aware of the risks of using his "trump card" in his battle for an electoral victory that would pave the way for his return.

Both Thaksin and Yingluck are careful on this score. Asked about the possibility of a Pheau Thai-led govt issuing an amnesty to allow Thaksin to come home without serving a jail term, they have both said in public: "We won't do anything just for one particular person."

You just have to read between the lines to know what that really means.

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